Gary Cohn

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  • Director, National Economic Council (2017-18)
  • President & COO of Goldman Sachs (2006-2016)

Gary D. Cohn is an American business leader, philanthropist and the former Director of the United States National Economic Council.

Mr. Cohn served as Assistant to the President for Economic Policy and Director of the National Economic Council from January 2017 through April 2018. As President Donald J. Trump’s chief economic advisor, Mr. Cohn managed the coordination of the President’s domestic and global economic policy agenda and led the Administration-wide effort to successfully pass the historic Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017.

Mr. Cohn began a distinguished career in finance at The Goldman Sachs Group, Inc. in 1990. He held a variety of leadership positions in the firm’s Securities Division in both New York and London, including Global Co-Head of the Equities and Fixed Income, Currency and Commodities Divisions. He served as President and Chief Operating Officer from 2006-2016 and was a member of the firm’s Board of Directors and Chairman of the Firmwide Client and Business Standards Committee.

 

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A Sample of the Groups That Have Hosted Gary Cohn
  • Bloomberg New Economy Forum
  • Context Summits
  • The Economic Club of Washington D.C.
  • American University
  • Sacred Heart University
  • Talks at Goldman Sachs
  • Institute of International Finance
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Financial Markets and the Global Economy

Finance industry legend Gary Cohn draws on his vast knowledge of the global financial system, economic policy, and the inner-workings of the current U.S. administration, to provide candid and revealing analysis on the direction of the global economy. Having served as President & COO of Goldman S ...

Finance industry legend Gary Cohn draws on his vast knowledge of the global financial system, economic policy, and the inner-workings of the current U.S. administration, to provide candid and revealing analysis on the direction of the global economy. Having served as President & COO of Goldman Sachs (2006-16) as well as Chief Economic Advisor to President Trump (2017-18), Cohn offers on-the-nose insights into issues ranging from monetary policy to fiscal policy; trade to taxes. Substantive, shrewd, and humorous, he translates uncertainty into tangible takeaways for audiences worldwide.

U.S. Politics and Economic Policy—Where Are We Going From Here?

A former Director of the National Economic Council and President and COO of Goldman Sachs, Gary Cohn has been in the room where it happened as economic policies have been crafted, succeeded or failed, for over two decades.  From the 2008 global financial crisis to the historic Tax Cuts and Jobs Act ...

A former Director of the National Economic Council and President and COO of Goldman Sachs, Gary Cohn has been in the room where it happened as economic policies have been crafted, succeeded or failed, for over two decades.  From the 2008 global financial crisis to the historic Tax Cuts and Jobs Act he helped push through Congress  while in the Trump Administration, Cohn has the insider’s account of the major economic developments of the last two decades and a deep understanding of how politics affects the economy and vice versa. As our political and economic landscape looks more uncertain than ever, Cohn decodes what we can expect with insight, clarity, and humor. Drawing on his experiences working within the Trump administration and crafting the policies that helped save Goldman Sachs during the worst economic downturn since the Great Depression, Cohn paints an illuminating picture of where we’re going in the months and years to come.

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<p>Gary Cohn reveals what's ahead for 2020</p>

Gary Cohn reveals what's ahead for 2020

Finance industry legend GARY COHN-- former President and COO of Goldman Sachs (2006-16) and President Trump’s chief economic advisor (2017-18) --draws on his unparalleled private and public sector leadership experience to reveal what’s ahead for 2020, providing actionable takeaways on how your organization can best prepare. Heralded as "an economic-policy powerhouse" (The Wall Street Journal) and a "go-to figure on matters related to jobs, business and growth" (The New York Times), Cohn’s rise to the top of Wall Street is an inspirational story of legend; one chronicled in Malcolm Gladwell's bestselling book "David and Goliath: Underdogs, Misfits, and the Art of Battling Giants.” Cohn's career at Goldman Sachs spanned 26 years. While COO and President, he led his team through the global financial crisis with pragmatism and strength, helping formulate the strategies that saved the firm. During Cohn’s time in the White House he managed the President’s domestic and global economic policy agenda and led the Administration-wide effort to successfully pass the historic Tax Cuts and Jobs Act. Since leaving office, Cohn has been sought-out by leading companies, including blockchain startup Spring Labs and global market leader in mobile gaming MZ, as an adviser and board member, respectively. Cohn's expertise on the global financial system, tech advances, and the inner-workings of the current administration's approach to economic policy, have him in-demand everywhere from the World Economic Forum to the Global Financial Leadership Conference. He brings both a CEO's and White House insider’s point of view to each engagement, earning rave reviews thanks to his prescient, tangible insights, and sense of humor. Following the Bloomberg New Economy Forum, the event-planner raved: “We loved having Gary as part of this inaugural Forum, he's a fantastic speaker and I know our full audience benefited from his insights.”

<p>Gary Cohn is a fantastic speaker for energy sector events</p>

Gary Cohn is a fantastic speaker for energy sector events

Former Director of the National Economic Council (2017-18) and President of Goldman Sachs (2006-16) GARY COHN wowed an audience of over 500 CEOs at the American Chemistry Council’s annual meeting. Speaking on politics, finance, and the energy sector to power-players from ExxonMobil Chemical, Shell Chemical, BASF, and more, Cohn was a perfect fit for the audience. They kept the moderated Q&A going for an extra half an hour, and could have kept asking him questions all night long. Heralded as "an economic-policy powerhouse" (The Wall Street Journal) and a "go-to figure on matters related to jobs, business and growth" (The New York Times), Cohn's expertise on the global financial system, technological innovation, and the inner-workings of the current administration's approach to policy thinking, have him in-demand at events everywhere from the World Economic Forum to the Global Financial Leadership Conference. His experience at the upper echelons of the public and private sector also has him in-demand by leading companies, as Cohn and has joined blockchain startup Spring Labs as an advisor and was named to the board of directors of MZ, a global market leader in mobile gaming.  As the Bloomberg New Economy Forum raved: “We loved having Gary… he’s a fantastic speaker and I know our full audience benefited from his insights.”

<p>Gary Cohn included in Malcolm Gladwell's David and Goliath</p>

Gary Cohn included in Malcolm Gladwell's David and Goliath

Finance industry legend GARY COHN’s  rise to the top of Wall Street is an inspirational story of legend; one chronicled in Malcolm Gladwell's bestselling book "David and Goliath: Underdogs, Misfits, and the Art of Battling Giants.” A book that challenges the way we think about obstacles and disadvantages, David and Goliath is among Gladwell’s most famous works, offering powerful lessons for entrepreneurs, recruiters, and anyone interested in success. The book is also the subject of a Gladwell TEDTalk, which has received over 5 million views. Among the true stories chronicled in the book, is Gary Cohn’s unlikely ascension on Wall Street. Growing up, Cohn struggled with dyslexia and did poorly in school. He famously landed his first job on Wall Street by convincing a trader he split a cab with that he knew "everything" about options-- a white lie-- and then studying up on McMillan's Options as a Strategic Investment. It worked, and in 1990 Cohn was recruited by Goldman Sachs and steadily climbed the ranks until he was named President and COO in 2006. It’s a captivating “against-the-odds” tale that rivets and empowers audiences worldwide. Cohn even appeared in a 60 Minutes alongside Gladwell, to explain how he managed to translate his disability into success. Cohn's career at Goldman Sachs spanned 26 years, and as the global financial recession hit, and numerous Wall Street firms crumbled, Goldman Sachs stood apart from the pack in large parts thanks to Cohn's foresight, strategy and leadership. After leaving Goldman, he went on to serve as President Trump’s chief economic advisor, where he was heralded as "an economic-policy powerhouse" (The Wall Street Journal) and a "go-to figure on matters related to jobs, business and growth" (The New York Times). With his wildly inspiring life story, expertise on the global financial system, and knowledge of the inner-workings of the current U.S. administration's approach to economic policy, Cohn engages every audience.

<p>Gary Cohn reveals what's ahead for the global economy and financial markets </p>

Gary Cohn reveals what's ahead for the global economy and financial markets 

A finance industry legend who led one of the largest investment banking enterprises in the world, GARY COHN illuminates what's ahead for the global economy and markets. Named as President Trump's chief economic advisor in January 2017, Cohn was heralded as "an economic-policy powerhouse" (The Wall Street Journal) and a "go-to figure on matters related to jobs, business and growth" (The New York Times). In his time in office, Cohn managed the coordination of the President’s domestic and global economic policy agenda and led the Administration-wide effort to successfully pass the historic Tax Cuts and Jobs Act. Thanks to his shrewd analysis and engaging style, Cohn has been sought-out to speak everywhere from the World Economic Forum to the Global Financial Leadership Conference. With his expertise on the global financial system, and unparalleled insights into the inner workings of the current administration and its economic policy-thinking, Cohn translates uncertainty into tangible takeaways. 

<p>Gary Cohn is an in-demand voice on fintech </p>

Gary Cohn is an in-demand voice on fintech 

Finance industry legend and former chief economic advisor to President Trump GARY COHN is an in-demand expert at the intersection of finance and technology, sought-out by leading companies. He joined blockchain startup Spring Labs as an adviser-- making headlines in Financial TimesCNBCFortuneVanity FairBloomberg, and more-- and was named to the board of directors of MZ, a global market leader in mobile gaming, making headlines in Bloomberg and MarketWatch. Spring Labs works to build a decentralized network for identity and credit that will serve as the foundation for a more transparent, secure, and efficient delivery of financial services. MZ is a “Silicon Valley ‘unicorn,’” at the intersection of gaming and tech. As Kristen Dumont, CEO of MZ said: “Gary is not only an incredibly talented and seasoned financial expert, he is also a remarkable leader. Gary understands the challenges and triumphs of building a world class organization, having shepherded Goldman Sachs through its IPO and maturity into a public company. He forged strong connections in the technology and financial sectors and as a result, has a deep understanding of rapidly evolving companies at the top of their industries.”  Heralded as "an economic-policy powerhouse" (The Wall Street Journal) and a "go-to figure on matters related to jobs, business and growth" (The New York Times), Cohn's expertise on the global financial system, tech advances, and the innter-workings of the current administration's approach to economic policy, have him in-demand everywhere from the World Economic Forum to the Global Financial Leadership Conference

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Gary D. Cohn is an American business leader and the former Director of the United States National Economic Council.

Mr. Cohn served as Assistant to the President for Economic Policy and Director of the National Economic Council from January 2017 through April 2018 as President Donald J. Trump’s chief economic advisor. Mr. Cohn managed the coordination of the President’s domestic and global economic policy agenda and led the Administration-wide effort to successfully pass the historic Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017.  Mr. Cohn also helped drive other economic policies aimed toward wage and job growth in America.

In 1990, Mr. Cohn began a distinguished career in finance at The Goldman Sachs Group, Inc.  He had a variety of responsibilities including the Global Co-Head of the Equities and Fixed Income, Currency and Commodities Division and as President and Chief Operating Officer from 2006-2016.  He was a member of the firm’s Board of Directors and Chairman of the Firmwide Client and Business Standards Committee.

Mr. Cohn invests across the medical technology, block chain infrastructure and cyber security sectors.  He serves on the boards of Abryx, Indago, Machine Zone and Spring Labs.

Mr. Cohn has long been dedicated to advancing healthcare and education.  He serves on the board of the NYU Medical School, the NYU Langone Hospital and on the Board of Overseers of the NYU Tandon School of Engineering.

He is currently a Visiting Fellow at the Harvard Kennedy School’s Institute of Politics.

Mr. Cohn lives in New York with his wife and three daughters. 

He received his undergraduate degree from American University in 1982.